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Ebele Okeke wins WSSCC Steering Committee election for Global Seat

Eng Ebele OkekeEng Ebele OkekeWSSCC is pleased to announce that the winner of the WSSCC Steering Committee elections for the Global Seat with effect April 2016 is Engineer Ebele Okeke. Eng.Ms Okeke welcomed her new role as WSSCC Steering Committee member by thanking all voters: “I want to use this opportunity to thank you for the confidence invested in me through your votes.

I am therefore looking forward to helping support the goals of the WSSCC in impacting lives in communities around the world.”

Former Steering Committee member Dr. Dennis Mwanza congratulated Ms Okeke by emphasizing the importance of her role as a dedicated WASH ambassador in Nigeria and her previous work with WSSCC: “While losing is not the best of news, I am pleased that we have a woman.

Barbara Frost on the rise and rise of WaterAid

Barbara FrostBarbara FrostThe chief executive has led the charity for a decade of almost uninterrupted success and has escaped the fire directed at others.

Barbara Frost In 1972 Barbara Frost left Keele University after two years studying psychology and social sciences, and went on what was intended to be a gap year. She took the so-called magic bus to Istanbul, continued by public transport on the hippy trail to India and Nepal, and ended up living in a commune in Australia. She didn’t come back to England for 24 years.

Meet the woman who ran 40 marathons in 7 deserts

Mina Guli running in Australia  www.thirstforwater.orgMina Guli running in Australia © www.thirstforwater.orgMina Guli ran marathons in seven deserts in seven weeks to highlight global water scarcity.

Australian Mina Guli took on some of the harshest environments in the world in her incredible world-first 7 Deserts Run marathon challenge.

She completed the journey on World Water Day 2016, March 22, having run seven marathons in seven different continents over seven weeks.

The route covered Spain’s Tabernas Desert, the Arabian Desert in Jordan, the Antarctic Desert, Australia’s Simpson Desert, the Richtersveld in South Africa, Chile’s Atacama and the Mojave Desert in the USA.

19-Year-Old Starts Project to Provide Clean Water for Kayonza Residents

Yvette IshimweYvette IshimweClean, safe water is a basic need and Ishimwe plans to supply more households with her treated water in Rwanda.

Yvette Ishimwe is the winner of the Grand Prize from Accelerate Academy, a project of the NGO ‘These Numbers have Faces’. She is set to receive $10,000 (Rwf 7.8 million) investment and training in her new business enterprise called IRIBA water project as the youngest innovative entrepreneur after beating 300 other competitors.

And it is not the first time she is winning, the nineteenyear-old Rwandan already has success written to her name after she received a grant worth $5000 dollars and another $5000 dollars of investment after emerging top of the 15 Rwandan contestants in the Tonny Elumelu Entrepreneurship program.

UN Secretary-General Appoints Erik Solheim of Norway as Executive Director of the UNEP

Erik SolheimErik SolheimFollowing his nomination by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the General Assembly elected Erik Solheim of Norway to a four-year term as Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

He will succeed Achim Steiner of Germany, to whom the Secretary-General conveys his gratitude and appreciation for having managed, during his 10-year tenure, to inspire and lead significant transformation of UNEP into a strategically powerful and substantively confident organization. Mr. Steiner’s leadership and tangible achievements as Chair of the High-Level Committee on Programmes, the principal mechanism for coordination of the United Nations system, are praiseworthy.




Current Issue: Africa Water & Sanitation & Hygiene March-April 2017 Vol.12 No.2